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Lead balloon or life preserver?

To access City Manager Steve Pinkerton's blog go to www.ci.manteca.ca.us/blog/

March 21, 2009 | By Steve Pinkerton City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


Another way to keep truckloads of cash flowing out of Washington

It is becoming abundantly clear with each passing day that brings increasingly outrageous suggestions from politicians to see how fast they can deplete our great-great-great-grandkids' pocketbooks that the theme song for Congress should be "If I Only Had a Brain."

March 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The release of the lead balloon

I read in this newspaper on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 that "the City manager floats utility tax balloon." The new City Manager Steve Pinkerton, has or still is talking about raising the taxes on all of our utilities from garbage to gas and electricity. Are you kidding me?

March 20, 2009 | By Sid Reams Local Columnist | Local Columns


Mr. Smith definitely didn’t go to Washington

Republican senators are sounding like outraged socialists as they preen for TV cameras slamming big fat corporate bonuses. Democrats are acting like they're deaf as they deflect tough questions about why they negated provisions to block fat AIG bonuses behind closed doors while negotiating bailout packages.

March 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


An honest dollar for an honest day’s work, what a concept

Patrick Heany of Manteca Roofing, Todd Roddan of New Bud's Nursery and the family business that did my fencing are why I have confidence in America's future.

March 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just say no to traffic signals at Van Allen, FC Road along 120

It is time to draw the proverbial line in the sand and fill it with concrete.

March 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making yard work positive for my son

Not too long ago, my mom opted to do away with her long-time landscaping services.

March 17, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Wild side of Salina, Kansas, attraction came from Manteca

What does Manteca have in common with Salina, Kansas?

March 16, 2009 | | Local Columns


The case for no new taxes lacking a sunset clause

The real fun is about to begin.

March 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hernandez, Moorhead get high marks for not being political hacks

Debby Moorhead and Vince Hernandez are examples of the type of elected leaders we need representing us in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

March 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Panda Express: Latest political correctness target

Berkeley despite all of its posturing as being a bastion of tolerance is perhaps one of the least tolerant places on earth.

March 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Honking your horn: A small gesture for our educators

I owe my sister Mary an apology.

March 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DMV delivers with courtesy, efficiency & without incident

Call it the 11-minute miracle.

March 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kids are watching, kids are imitating

At the recent Manteca Sports Heroes Hall of Distinction awards dinner, I was shooting the breeze about sports with East Union High Principal John Alba.

March 11, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Uncle Sam aka Big Brother & the mileage tax

George Orwell must have been elected to Congress this past November.

March 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Insight of a personal trainer

You are sweating and feel like you are about to pass out. You feel your body burning and just can't keep going. Right before you are about to quit you hear a voice yelling, "KEEP IT UP! YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO PUSH YOURSELF!" You pause for a second trying to give your body a break and to catch your breath hoping that your trainer isn't looking directly at you. Then you hear that scary voice yelling again, "DON'T STOP! YOU HAVE TO KEEP GOING! I DIDN'T SAY TO STOP!" That is when you realize and ...

November 18, 2014 | By ROBERT INIGUEZ Owner CORE Athletic Performance | Local Columns


Weatherford’s legacy: Calm City Council

A lot of things happened on Willie Weatherford's watch.

November 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From gas lines to $3 a gallon gas

Remember the fall of October 1973?

November 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Al Ftacek: Decorated WWII hero takes off on his last flying mission

On the World War II monument in Washington, D.C., is a photograph of Albert E. "Abe" Ftacek of Manteca. Beneath the title, "Activity During WWII," is an inscription that reads: "8th Air Force, 389th bomb group, 565th Bomb Squad, B-24 Radio Operator. Flew 33 bombing missions over Germany and France with the Lloyd L. Allen Crew and 2 with another crew. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal and European Theater of Operations Medal with four Combat Stars."

November 15, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Police chief isn’t suppose to be patron saint of homeless

Go ahead, slam Police Chief Nick Obligacion for his efforts to address the homeless/panhandling/public drug use issues in Manteca.

November 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will ‘new’ fifth council member get a free pass?

Ready for another Manteca City Council election?

November 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


'Village' for schools often exclude the community

You've heard the line so much that it starts to sound like a cliche: It takes a village to raise a child.

November 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Your choice: Dance Saturday after ribs or oyster dinner

What's better than ribs? Ribs and dancing! The New Haven School Community Club annual Rib Dinner and Dance will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St. No host cocktails start at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7. Served will be all-you-can-eat-ribs by Fagundes, bread, salad, potatoes and wine. For more info about tickets go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/14164/

November 13, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Does school brass fear Fant-led youth movement?

Did the Manteca Unified School District board meet behind closed doors in a bid to change the course of the Nov. 4 election?

November 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Criminal-fornia: What’s next? A voter approved ‘purge’ night?

Isn't it great to be a criminal these days in California?

November 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Whatever happened to a free education?

Read the fine print.

November 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Arresting ‘Godzilla’costly

It's one of those freak things that somebody ends up saying while heavily intoxicated and ends up getting printed simply because it was said.

November 08, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Wizard of Oz syndrome: We expect miracles

Barrack Obama is not the Wizard of Oz.

November 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Winds of discontent rock Manteca Unified schools

It pays not to campaign.

November 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rummage sale, bunco, crab ciopinno feed set

Rummage for success! A rummage sale supporting special needs classroom activities at Manteca High School will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school parking lot at 450 E. Yosemite. What treasure will you score?

November 06, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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